Feb. 21, 2015
|SCORE BY INNINGS|
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Behind a stellar outing from starting pitcher Jack Wynkoop and an 11-hit offensive effort, fifth-ranked South Carolina defeated Northeastern 10-1 in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 4-1 on the year with their fourth-straight win. Northeastern drops to 2-2 on the season with the loss.
Wynkoop (1-1) matched his career high by working eight innings and giving up just one run and three hits while striking out nine. He also allowed just one walk on the afternoon.
Offensively, Carolina tied its season high with 11 hits, as freshman designated hitter Alex Destino went 3-for-4 to lead the way. Sophomore center fielder Gene Cone and sophomore shortstop Jordan Gore contributed two hits apiece.
The Gamecocks delivered a pair of solo home runs in the first to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Cone homered to right center to lead off the inning. Two batters later senior Kyle Martin blasted a two-out home run to right center to give Carolina a two-run lead.
Carolina added to its lead in the fourth. Northeastern pitcher Nick Berger hit senior Connor Bright with a pitch to lead off the frame. Junior DC Arendas then ripped a single through the right side. After a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Logan Koch advanced the runners to second and third with no outs, Bright scored on a groundout by Gore, and Cone drove home Arendas with a single to left center to push the Gamecocks’ lead to 4-0.
After Carolina made it a 5-0 ballgame in the fifth on a RBI single by Bright, Northeastern drove in its lone run of the contest in the sixth on a single by left fielder Gabe Levanti.
The Gamecocks extended their lead to 7-1 in the seventh on a two-run single by Gore and plated three more runs in the eighth, as Clark Scolamiero drove in his first career run on a fielder’s choice and Koch drove in two more on a single to left field.
Berger (1-1) was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.
The Gamecocks broke open the game in the first inning with solo home runs by Cone and Martin, marking the first time Carolina had two home runs in the same inning since March 29, 2014 against Tennessee.
Wynkoop matched his career high in innings pitched, working eight and giving up just one run and three hits while striking out nine. He retired 13 batters in a row during one stretch on Saturday.
â€¢ The Gamecocks tied a season high with 11 hits.
â€¢ Cone’s home run in the first inning is the first of his career, while Martin’s solo homer is his first of the season.
â€¢ Cone and Gore have hit safely in all five games this year and have six-game hitting streaks dating back to last season.
â€¢ Cone went 2-for-4 on the afternoon for the fourth multi-hit game of his career and his first since May 30, 2014 against Campbell.
â€¢ Before issuing a leadoff walk in the sixth, Wynkoop had retired 13 straight batters.
â€¢ Junior Max Schrock has a team-high eight walks after drawing three more today. It’s his third game this season with two or more walks.
â€¢ Gore drove in a career-high three runs on the day.
â€¢ Scolamiero delivered his first career RBI, driving in a run on a fielder’s choice in the eighth.
â€¢ Koch finished the contest with a career-high two RBIs.
â€¢ Wynkoop matched his career high in innings pitched, working eight on Saturday.
â€¢ Destino produced a career-high three hits.